I’ve been working on testing out a cake for you for the past couple of weeks, but until that’s ready, I’ve got One Bowl Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies!
I figured Halloween is just days away, and brownies probably trump cake this week. Hopefully, you’re making some other fun treats like Halloween Brownie Bark or Peanut Butter Cut Out Cookies. But maybe you need something a little less whimsical…something that doesn’t have eyes or a face :)
As a blogger, I have tried to accept that I don’t have time to make old favorites as often as I used to. I’ve read about bloggers who say they rarely made anything twice. Wait! What? What about chocolate chip cookies? What about blondies?
It’s true. Now that I’m knee deep in blogging, we don’t see our traditional favorites as often as we used to. Thankfully, there are certain things that my family likes to make without any intervention from me. That’s where these One Bowl Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies come in. They are a version of Fudgy Zucchini Brownies, which, we must talk about for a minute.
The Fudgy Zucchini Brownies were a big hit with my family this summer. They were a different kind of brownie for us and they were so easy to make! Just throw everything into the food processor and bake. So I made them once for us. We liked them so much, I made them one more time for the blog. And then, I posted it, and filed it away so I could move on to other things.
But my family wasn’t ready to move on. We were deluged with zucchini at the end of the summer, so my husband and kids took over the kitchen and made two double batches of the brownies. Weeks later, they made more batches! I’m pretty sure it’s the sweet treat that’s been made in our house more times than any other recipe this year. Cah-ray-zy! And, it’s not like we were overdosing on brownies. They freeze so well, and everyone likes them cold, so we just wrapped them all up and froze them. They were ready in a pinch for a quick treat, or if someone stopped by, or if I needed to take something somewhere.
I started thinking…now that zucchini season is over, what if I used pumpkin puree instead? It wouldn’t require a food processor. I could make it one bowl. I’d add some pumpkin spice. I’d move to mini chips since I wouldn’t have the processor to chop up the larger pieces. (I forgot to do that for this batch, so you’ll see bigger chocolate chunks in these photos.)
I decided to test the idea. I baked up a pan and then my husband and I headed out to back to school night and left our baby sitter and our kids to sample the brownies once they had cooled. I made them promise to note their feedback on the new version, so they could tell me all about it when we got home. What did they think of the texture? Was there enough pumpkin spice? Was it okay that I left in the espresso powder?
I came home to rave reviews. Adult and child alike loved everything about them. “Don’t change a thing,” they said. Well, I love hearing that. Recipe testing can be a little tedious and we often tire of sampling the same flavor over and over before I’ve achieved the goal. It’s like those darn pumpkin scones that I know many of you are waiting for. I’ve made batches and batches. We liked them all, but I haven’t hit on the “one.” And then I had to set them aside, because no one wanted another bite of one, myself included.
Anyway, once homework was checked and kids were in bed, it was time for my husband and I to kick back for a minute. Coffee and tea were prepared…brownies plated. Time to taste this new pumpkin-y version for ourselves. I’ll be honest. I really, really liked them, but my husband? He was insane about them. He surprised me with his raw enthusiasm. I kept asking him, “What do you love so much about them? Do you like them better than the zucchini version? Is it because you’re eating them with coffee and it’s like a pumpkin spice latte?” (Okay, I was reaching with that last one…I think) He said he expected to bite into a brownie and just taste chocolate but he tasted pumpkin and chocolate. He said it was like biting into pumpkin pie, and yet, it was a brownie.
He went on and on. Really. I was a little shocked. All this over a slightly healthier version of a brownie? And he’s a sugar fiend and these aren’t overly sweet. Like the original, they’re kind of reminiscent of a flourless chocolate cake, but they do have a bit of flour in them. I kind of think they are like no other pumpkin treat I’ve tried. They’re glossy. They are moist and fudgy and yet not underbaked.
I had to make them again. This time for the blog. I hadn’t planned to post another version of the Fudgy Zucchini Brownies, at least not so soon after the original, but everyone who has tried them has loved them; I didn’t want to deprive you of the knowledge :) So here they are…One Bowl Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies. Perfect for the season, nothing whimsical, no googly eyes…no cute little pumpkin faces…just straight up easy and delicious!
But… feel free to add googly eyes and faces as desired :)